Wiz Khalifa at Ruoff Music Center on 07/20/23
Photos and Review by Hadyn Mayes (Photography by Halo)
The Ruoff Music Center was ablaze with energy as the highly anticipated performance of Wiz Khalifa took center stage on Thursday, July 20. The crowd, an eclectic mix of hip-hop enthusiasts and loyal fans, had gathered to witness a night of rap and good vibes, and Wiz Khalifa did not disappoint.
The atmosphere inside the venue was electric even before Wiz Khalifa emerged. The air was thick with anticipation, excitement, & and, of course, smoke. As the lights dimmed, the crowd erupted into cheers. The stage came alive with a dazzling light show, setting the tone for what would be an unforgettable night.
Wiz Khalifa burst onto the stage with boundless energy, opening the show with one of his iconic tracks “Black & Yellow,” a nod to Pittsburgh. He instantly captivated the audience from the moment he set foot on stage. His signature charismatic presence, huge smiles and effortless flow had the entire crowd moving to the rhythm from the get-go. Throughout the night, Wiz's interactions with the audience were genuine, and he made sure everyone felt connected to the music.
The setlist was a perfect blend of Wiz Khalifa's classic hits and newer tracks, ensuring that both long-time fans and newcomers were equally entertained. Songs like "Roll Up," "See You Again," and "We Dem Boyz" had the crowd rapping along in unison, creating a sense of unity and euphoria. He also played some tracks off of his newest album entitled, “See Ya” .
One of the highlights of the night was Wiz Khalifa's ability to infuse his performance with genuine emotion. When he performed "See You Again," a heartfelt tribute to the late Paul Walker, the atmosphere took on a somber yet uplifting tone. As the song played the screens on stage showed tribute to some of the many people we have lost in the entertainment industry. It was evident that this song held a special place in the hearts of many in attendance.
Wiz Khalifa's performance at the Ruoff Music Center was a spectacular display of talent, energy, and connection. With his infectious charisma and skillful delivery, he solidified his status as a hip-hop icon. The concert left the audience craving for more, and it was undoubtedly an unforgettable night of music and camaraderie. Wiz was the absolute perfect precedent to the upcoming performance of Snoop Dogg.